Anna has always had a fascination with the world of crime and the criminal justice system, so it was a natural step for her to study them at university, obtaining a BSc in Sociology and Criminology, as well as an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After volunteering with the police, in prisons and with the probation service, Anna decided her real passion was to work with victims and offenders outside of the criminal justice system.
Before joining us, Anna spent 10 years working in volunteer management roles within the public and charity sectors and worked as a Commissioning and Policy Officer at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer and was a Trustee for a local charity for 10 years and spent a number of years as a befriender for Age UK. She currently volunteers for drug testing charity, The Loop.
I love working in the field of Restorative Justice because it is so empowering. Neither victims nor offenders have any say in the outcome of the criminal justice system process, but RJ allows victims to reclaim their power and use their voice to have their say, and offenders get to hear the impact of their actions and take accountability. I’ve seen it change lives and it’s a real privilege to be involved in it.